Sep 282015
 

Tony Perkins, head of SPLC designated Hate Group, The FRCIt pretty much goes without saying that, if Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council (FRC) is talking, he is mostly likely telling a lie. There may be no other group that spends more time perfecting the art of lying for Jesus than the FRC.

Having lost the marriage-equality fight, they need a new demon to keep the dollars flowing in (grifters gotta grift), so Perkins is now after Muslims. Before I get to the specifics about that, let’s be clear about Perkins’ background and the beginnings of the Family Research Council. Working as a campaign aid to some politician in Louisiana, Perkins illegally (and yes, he was convicted) purchased a mailing list, using campaign funds, of white supremacists from KKK Grand Dragon, David Duke. That mailing list was the mailing list used to start the FRC. In addition, Perkins, in the past, was a frequent speaker at meetings of white supremacists groups. So, I think that makes it pretty clear where he stands on people of races who are not “white.” (This is also the same group that gave Josh Duggar a high profile position.) Continue reading »

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Sep 262015
 

The Home of the Brave?

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Sep 202015
 
Ahmed Mohamed-He looks really scary to me

Ahmed Mohamed-He looks really scary to me

We’ve pretty much made that line in the National Anthem a joke, haven’t we. A few years ago, as part of a publicity stunt, some LED boards were put up in cities around the country, and we all freaked. Most recently, we have let a child’s engineering project scare the crap out of us.

We’ve become a nation of nasty, sniffling cowards. Let’s just be honest about it. Anyone that doesn’t look like us or believe exactly as we do is automatically a threat. As Jesse A. Myerson tweeted:

I especially love how some are complaining he was being a smart-ass, because when the cops asked him what it was, he said, “A clock.” Well, I seem to remember my mother once tell me, “As a stupid question, get a stupid answer.”

This is who we’ve become at home. But these same people, having never served a day in uniform, drive around with the “We Support the Troops,” and “These Colors Don’t Run” bumper stickers all over their cars, and all the Republican Presidential Candidates are doing their best to incite a war with Iran. All because there’s not cost to any of them, so that’s easy. But let a 14-year-old build a cool gadget, and they get the shit scared out of them, and then start trying to fact check the kid to cover their embarrassment for diving under the bed.

Never forget, Sarah Palin with the Vice Presidential candidate for Republicans in a recent election. Take a gander at her batshittery. Click here.

Sep 202015
 
This entry is part 16 of 24 in the series Daily Douche-Bag
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The Huckster

So Mike Huckabee’s latest rant against the Black Man in the White House. President Obama has nominated Eric K. Fanning as the Secretary of Army. What has the Huckster’s knickers all in a wad? The fact that Under Secretary Fanning happens to be gay…because, clearly, Rev. Asshole doesn’t think gay people should have jobs.

As you might imagine, the Huckster’s had plenty to say on this, since some of the shine is coming the apple that is Kim Davis. According to the Huckster, “It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s heroes.” Let’s dissect that just a bit. Just for the record, the first American Military person seriously injured in Iraq, happened to be gay. Marine Staff Sargent Eric Alva lost a leg when he stepped on a land mine. And just for the record, here’s what Rev. Asshole and his followers think of Sargent Alva. When he spoke at a City Council meeting in his home of San Antonio in favor of an equal rights ordinance, he was booed by the Christians there in opposition to securing Sargent Alva’s equal treatment in their town.

Eric Fanning

Eric Fanning

Of course the Huckster can’t stop there, and goes on to say, “Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he’s nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army. Homosexuality is not a job qualification.”

I couldn’t agree more Rev. Asshole, so maybe, just maybe, Mr. Fanning happens to hold the best set of qualifications for the job. As CNN reports:

Fanning has served as acting under secretary of the Army since June, and before that, served as chief of staff to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Fanning also served as under secretary of the Air Force and deputy undersecretary of the Navy.

In a statement, Carter called Fanning an “excellent choice” to lead the Army.

“Eric served as my first chief of staff at the Pentagon, and it has been a privilege over the course of my career to work alongside him and watch him develop into one of our country’s most knowledgeable, dedicated, and experienced public servants,” Carter said. “I know he will strengthen our Army, build on its best traditions, and prepare our ground forces to confront a new generation of challenges.”

So, what this really all comes down to is that Rev. Asshole doesn’t think gay people should have any job, regardless of their qualifications, and shows us exactly why passing an Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is so important. Just so you all know, LGBT people can fired in almost every state of the U.S. just because they are LGBT.

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Sep 192015
 

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I am 56 years old. I grew up in the 60s and 70s. I know the 60s especially were a period of social upheaval and change, but it was a period of people coming together more. Labor unions organized to get workers decent wages, healthcare, and a stable retirement. We invested in public schools. We were wowed by and respected science and scholarship. We started talking about conservation and protecting the environment. We accepted that it cost money to do those things. We looked to the future with excitement and anticipation, but today, we seem to be in a rush to go backwards as far and fast as possible. We fear everything, and demand absolute security, and think it can be found in some nostalgic past.

Apollo 11America, through public and private cooperation and investment built an unrivaled infrastructure. We became the country that invented the things of a new and exciting world, and we built those things. The workers who did the building mostly got a decent wage that allowed them to live a decent and comfortable life, plan for the future, and set a foundation that raised the next generation a little higher.

The government created Social Security and Medicare so the disabled and elderly could live out their lives with some stability and small comforts. We built public schools and public colleges and universities. Trade schools and community colleges were developed to help those who needed an interim step on the financial ladder. And we all realized we had to chip in to pay for those things. As Barney Frank once said, “Government is what we choose to do together.” We made mostly good choices.

We built the machinery and the forces to win World War II. We put men on the moon, sent people to the deepest reaches of the seas, captured the power of the atom, and built (for better or worse) the internet. We laid the foundation to connect the world. Continue reading »